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May 26th - It's time for our Friday Highlights! You can check them out here
Under The Tartosan Sun
Schemes and Dreams
mood also in my 20s never really feel my age
but sometimes i feel like 1000 years old
and other times i feel like a baby
and yes this is one of those times
*Simmingal baby gets dropped to oldie clubs doorstep*
*starts screaming her lungs out*
"If you build it, they will come." - Movie: Field of Dreams
I literally play this music above when playing Sims 4! Cozy and Fuzzy
I agree. It's become clear that with Sims 4, they are only concerned with the players who are, say, under 35. I was 40 or 41 when I first played the original Sims, and I never really felt this way about it, 2 or 3. But now, the music in the trailers, the celebrities and brands they put in the game, etc., is just not for our age bracket.
Female Simmer from Australia (she/her)
I had one of my Sims marry the Grim Reaper & now they have a lot of kids.
I played Sim city back in the day. It was like being a city manager, and I recall there were things like earthquakes and other natural disasters that could happen, and if the player didn't spend enough on roads, it would affect the satisfaction of the citizens, etc. It was really like an interactive ant farm, not like any real personal interaction with the people (no Sims-as-we-know-them) but a sort of managerial relationship to the citizenry as an aggregate thing.
My first home computer was an IBM AT, that was in...1986 I think. I was about the only kid at school who had one by dint of having a relative who was a senior engineer at a then-US-based tech manufacturing firm. I remember Daisywheel printers that came before Dot Matrix, and played a lot of ASCII graphic games: DND, Castle Adventure, SLEUTH, ELIZA, Hack/Rogue, starting when I was about 11.
Later on, we had EGA and CGA graphics, with COLORS! Like 8 of them! Then VGA games looked so great by comparison, then SuperVGA, and I recall RobotVGA, MinerVGA, and . I remember fondly a lot of Dos games from that era. Remember shareware like Commander Keen, Duke Nukem, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure?
This is making me want to go do a deep dive back into Gog games again or see what can still be done with Dosbox and old game files. All games back then were indie games, and they all relied on gameplay depth because what else was there? The graphics were rudimentary. Then when 3D graphics started to get good, and we had epic titles like DESCENT, Mechwarrior and others of the era that I played until the game was still going on in my mind when I went to sleep.
Then everything changed irrevocably one day when I was invited to the next house years and timezones later, where a bunch of people between late teens and early 20s were roomies, because they wanted to show me this awesome amazing new game, The Sims. I got my own, and would find hours had gone by and I didn't know where the time went. It was the gameplay, the surprises, the quirks and humor and unpredictability of it, and just enough grind factor but not too much.
The music, the perpetual perfect spring weather with daffodils and tulips growing in their little squares around the house, Bob Newbie in his food-stained grubby t-shirt cracking up in front of kiddie cartoons that sounded like the ones I grew up on. How deeply happy Bella Goth sounded, relaxing into her hot bath. The birds singing outside, the newspaper kid whistling on their way past the house. That stress-inducing sting almost like the Jaws theme, when your Sim missed work! But then came expansions and with them, flies. I hated the sound of them buzzing, and there was this bug where they'd get permanently stuck in the house.
I feel a bit nostalgic for the perfect juxtaposition of having such large chunks of time to dedicate, without consequence, to DESCENT, Mechwarrior, and later The Sims, that I did then. It was the thrill of being so immersed in a game that I didn't want to come out. I miss that feeling.
Honestly, I doubt the marketing team is interested in anyone 30+ these days. I look blank any time a social media personality or fashion brand is mentioned as a collaborator or inspiration. I still don't know (or care) who Baby Ariel is so I ignore that sim. Sims 2 had the H&M and Ikea packs which I'd at least heard of. I rarely shop in those places, but at least they are names I'd heard of when they came out. The staff who use the forums however, definitely seem much more inclusive.
Folks, can I just say - you're ALL looking great for your age!
I've also been age shamed, as I think there is still a stigma with "women of a certain" age being told they can't wear this or do that once they reach 30. It is a thing and I've experienced it many times. Being told my hair was too long "for my age", or saying I shouldn't wear logo tees "at my age". So what is one supposed to do once they reach a milestone? Revoke their right to fashion? And of course playing games "at my age". As well as dancing. Fun fact was that I was the youngest dancer in my group in my late 30s-early 40s, the other ladies in my class were older. Yup, they called me "kiddo", haha. Someone had said to my face before that "nobody wants to watch adults dancing and it's "for kids". Yeah people sure have a lot of opinions about other peoples' ages. I tell them to whistle and that I didn't ask their opinion. I guess that's one thing I've learned to appreciate with age. I used to be too timid to speak up for myself and now I'm not.
I'm glad you're at that stage where you are happy to be yourself regardless of what other people think. It's so sad that people think it's ok to dictate to others how they should behave or dress, particularly in terms of gender or age. A while back a family member made a remark out of the blue that women should only dye their hair to change the colour and not to hide grey hair. That relative believes in growing old gracefully. My view is "No thanks. Disgracefully all the way."
Grey is a color, so....